Immediately after the presentation of the M1 system-on-chip, Apple introduced the first devices that are equipped with it. These are MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. The devices’ design and most of the technical characteristics have not changed, but the performance and autonomy have received a significant upgrade.
Apple’s thinnest and lightest laptop is now available with an M1 chip. They promise to increase the performance of the CPU up to 3.5 times, the GPU up to 5 times, and the neural engine up to 9 times. Simultaneously, the laptop is devoid of active cooling, which means you can work or relax in complete silence. The battery life is up to 15 hours when surfing the web and up to 18 hours when watching a video.
The chipset can contain 8GB or 16GB of RAM. The maximum SSD capacity is up to 2TB. The 13.3 ″ Retina display (2560×1600) supports True Tone technology and covers the P3 color space. The image processor of the M1 chip should improve the quality of the webcam, and the three microphones will help the interlocutors hear you more clearly. Magic Keyboard has the familiar scissor keystroke mechanism and contains a Touch ID. There is also a Wi-Fi 6 module and two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports (6K video output is supported).
The MacBook Air with the M1 chipset starts at $ 999 for a configuration with a 7-core GPU, 8GB DRAM and 256GB SSD. Versions with an 8-core GPU start at $ 1249. The top variant with an 8-core GPU, 16 GB DRAM, and 2 TB SSD will cost $ 2049.
The situation with the MacBook Pro is similar to that of the MacBook Air. The M1 chip provides up to 2.8 times the CPU performance, the GPU up to 5 times, the neural engine up to 11 times. Autonomy is declared at the level of 17 hours of web surfing and 20 hours of video playback. There is an active cooling system.
MacBook Pro is only available in an 8-core GPU configuration. The basic version (M1, 8 GB DRAM, 256 GB SSD) costs $ 1299. The 16GB DRAM and 2TB SSD variant will retail for $ 2,299.
The M1 chipset in Mac mini should provide 3x the CPU performance, 6x the GPU, and 15x the neural engine. There is an active cooling system. The computer is only offered in a version with an 8-core GPU.
The base Mac mini with 8GB DRAM and 256GB SSD is priced at $ 699. For the top (16 GB DRAM, 2 TB SSD), you will have to pay $ 1699.
New Macs with Apple M1 chips are available to order starting today. They will go on sale from November 17th.